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Film / The Bullfighters

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The Bullfighters is a 1945 Laurel and Hardy film. Their last North American movie, it was released by 20th Century Fox.

Stan and Ollie are detectives who have just arrived in Mexico to search for a larcenist. Their task is complicated by Stan's resemblance to a famous bullfighter, and the presence of a man they once sent to jail for a crime he didn't commit.

Provides examples of:

  • Black Comedy/Downer Ending: Muldoon threatens to skin Stan and Ollie alive. He does, and the final scene shows them as cartoon skeletons from the neck down.
    Oliver: Well, here's another nice mess you've gotten me into!
    Stan: But I couldn't help it! You always picked on me!
  • Character Catchphrase: As always, Ollie has "Well, here's another nice mess you've gotten me into!"
  • Conscience Makes You Go Back: After hearing about Richard K. Muldoon threatening to skin them alive, He warns the boys to please leave Albuquerque now. Because Richard K. Muldoon is like an elephant, He never forgets.
  • Chroma Key: In the scene when Stan and Ollie were skinned alive at the end of the film (As in they wore blue suit on the blue wall).
  • Frame-Up: Muldoon did not commit this crime.
  • Identical Stranger: Stan is identical to Don Sebastian, a Spanish matador.
  • Job Title
  • Large Ham: Muldoon.
  • Rejected Apology: Stan and Ollie try to apologise from sending Muldoon to jail, but he won't listen.
  • Shout-Out: The court scene and the ending are references to the 1934 short Going Bye-Bye!.
  • Suddenly Shouting: Muldoon after the flashback of being Framed. He shouts "THOSE TWO BLOODHOUNDS RUIEND MY LIFE!" And threats to skin them alive.